Michael Graves (b. 1934) is an American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, Graves has achieved his greatest fame with his designs for domestic household items sold at Target stores in the United States. After a childhood interest in drawing and painting that has stayed with him throughout his career in architecture. Michael Graves received his architectural training in a cooperative program that allowed him to work in the architectural office of Carl A. Strauss and Associates while completing his formal classroom education. It was at Strauss's office that Michael Graves met an early mentor, Ray Roush. An architect in public practice in Princeton, New Jersey, since 1964, Graves is also the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus at Princeton University. He directs the firm Michael Graves & Associates, which has offices in Princeton and in New York City. In 1999 Graves was awarded the National Medal of Arts and in 2001 the Gold Medal from the American Institute.
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